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The Arabic Language, Paperback / softback Book


This is an introductory guide for students of Arabic language, Arabic historical linguistics and Arabic socio-linguistics. New for this edition: a new chapter on the structure of Arabic; a new chapter on Pidgin and Creole varieties; and, data has been updated throughout in light of recent research.

Concentrating on the difference between the two types of Arabic - the classical standard language and the dialects - Kees Versteegh charts the history and development of the Arabic language from its earliest beginnings to modern times.

The reader is given a solid grounding in the structure of the language, its historical context and its use in various literary and non-literary genres, as well as an understanding of the role of Arabic as a cultural, religious and political world language.

It covers all aspects of the history of Arabic, the Arabic linguistic tradition, Arabic dialects and Arabic as a world language.

It makes links between linguistic history and cultural history.

It emphasises the role of contacts between Arabic and other languages.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: linguistics
  • ISBN: 9780748645275

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